4 Strange And Unusual Architectural Wonders

Super constructions like skyscrapers, amazing homes and innovative hotels are sites that surprise visitors with their originality and can’t help but amaze those who walk by. These buildings have many functions that use the space to house art galleries, hotels, restaurants and homes. They are a true display of creativity, beauty and functionality from the mind of those architects and engineers who have created them. Here we have some truly amazing examples of the eternal relationship between art and architecture.

Krzywy Domek – The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

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Located in Sopot, Poland, this building is a popular landmark for tourists and photographers from all over the world who come to see the bizarre construction. The house was built in 2004 by the architectural firm of Szotynscy & Zaleski as homage to children’s book illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer. The 43,000-square-foot building is home to the Rezydent shopping center, which includes a couple of cafes, a bar, restaurant, shops and even a radio station.

The appearance of the house is as it were liquid and melting; creating a truly marvelous optical illusion that conjures up thoughts of a fairy tale house taken right out of the pages of fantasy literature.

Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval (Hauterives, France)

Ferdinand Cheval was a mailman who lived in the department of Drome in the south of France. He was the creator of The Ideal Palace. His attention turned to stones after walking home from work one day and kicking a weirdly shaped rock. He felt the stone was a signal from god that he was meant to build a palace with his own hands. The construction began in 1899. Just raising the walls took about 20 years and it was done completely by hand and using local rocks Ferdinand would find nearby. The man had no formal training or experience in construction but carried on with his endeavor and it took him nearly 13 years to complete the rest of the construction.

Cheval’s Ideal Palace has a base of 12 by 26 meters with a height of 14 meters. The walls are of an intricate design that weaves and turns making the hectic organization seem organized in its own strange way. Other than the strangely shaped rocks, he also used sand, cement and fossilized shapes he could find. The construction is reminiscent of old castles found in lonely shores. The inside of the palace has sculptures of Eve, Adam, Archimedes and more. The east wall is made of three large anthropomorphic stone figures along with Egyptian hieroglyphics. The northeast wall has a large rectangular tower and the west wall is decorated with miniature representations of a Hindu temple, a Swiss chalet, The Maison Carrée, a medieval castle and a Muslim mosque. The building was declared a historic monument in 1969 and is currently opened to visitors.

Hang Nga – Crazy House (Đà Lt, Vietnam)

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The design belongs to Vietnamese architect Đng Vit Nga, daughter of Vietnamese ex-president Trường Chinh. The Crazy House is a guesthouse and an art gallery. The house’s decoration includes kangaroo sculptures, giraffes, giant expansive spider webs that create maze-like designs and a table referencing the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the Hatter himself and the Dormouse.  

The hotel has different thematic rooms, each with its own name and ambiance adorned with sculptures of a pheasant embellished stairwell and wonderful lamps in the shape of pumpkins. The five-story-high guesthouse has generated a great deal of attention and polemic since its inauguration, with reactions ranging from criticism and mockery to open appreciation.

Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

These Rotterdam cubic shaped houses are truly eye-catching. Everything started when the architect Piet Blom decided to take the design of a house and tilt it 45 degrees, resting them on top of individual pylons.

The houses represent trees that form a forest all together. The first few houses were built in 1970 with a plan to build a total of 55 houses; only 39 of them were completed. The cube houses are 22 meters high with sides measuring 7.5 meters each. The majority of them are private residences while an owner decided to open a cube to the public, which is furnished as a normal house, and is making a living out of offering tours to visitors. In 2009, some of the houses were renovated in order to turn them into a hostel and rent rooms out to young visitors. This Rotterdam hostel offers modern, spacious rooms full of light. Every room has its own washing facilities and the hostel is fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and offers Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included and extra meals are also available.

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